Cássia Eller

Cassia Eller [1990]

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The first album by the rock vocalist Cássia Eller. The aggressiveness of her low voice and the dry arrangements brought her national fame, even if the release didn't have a high selling. In 1989, she had recorded a demo tape with "Por Enquanto" (Renato Russo) for her first manager, her uncle Anderson, who showed it at Polygram. The song, included here, would be her first hit. The melancholic nostalgia of the lyrics is highlighted by her own folk rendition at the acoustic guitar. The album open's with an Itamar Assumpção version of Marcus Miller's "Tutu," "Já Deu Pra Sentir." "Rubens" (Mário Manga), already recorded by Manga's Premê, is an ambiguous love song that had been vetoed by censorship. The song, portraying an unconventional romance, is an adequate vehicle for Eller's rebellious image, as are the aggressive "O Dedo de Deus" (Arrigo Barnabé/Mário Manga), "Não Sei o Que Eu Quero da Vida" (Hermelino Neder/Arrigo Barnabé, where, in both songs, she incorporated Barnabé's dramatic performance), "Barraco," and the blues "Que o Deus Venha" (from Barão Vermelho's Frejat/Cazuza, over a poem by Clarice Lispector). But MPB is recalled in the instrumental samba "Lullaby" (one of her rare compositions, together with Márcio Faraco), and the classic "Eleanor Rigby" (Lennon/McCarney) is interpreted as reggae, with a Carmen Miranda-like accent. Hilarious.

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